What Is the BRI? [Main Story]
he Biblical Research Institute (BRI) is located at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. The BRI staff consists of several Adventist theologians who identify areas of doctrinal and theological discussion and who seek to enhance understanding and build commitment to the truths of Scripture. The three main functions of the BRI are: (1) theological research; (2) apologetics; (3) service to the church. The BRI also directs the work of the Biblical Research Institute Committee, which consists of about 40 members from around the world. More information about BRI and its services may be found at: www.biblicalresearch.gc.adventist.org
From an Eyewitness at the 1952 Bible Conference
BY GEORGE W. REID
The Bible Conference was on everyone’s mind and tongue in late August as I arrived in Takoma Park to begin studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
In addition to the 500 participants, the meetings were open to visitors and youthful observers such as me, at times adding as many as another 200 to the number, more in the evenings. As a young observer, I was impressed by the decorum and orderly progression of the program.
Topics such as proper interpretation of apocalyptic prophecy, the nature of the incarnate Christ, a theological balance between justification and sanctification, and the concept of last generation perfection generated sometimes brisk differences, but no matter how strongly they differed, the speakers always exhibited respect and a spirit of collegiality.
For a young aspiring student of theology the opportunity to attend such a conference was a genuine privilege. Here was an assembly from the world church, a group revisiting the core beliefs of the Adventist movement, searching always for a fuller grasp of not only God’s truth and purposes but also how we can best know and walk with Him.
George W. Reid served as director of the Biblical Research Institute from 1984 to 2002.